The AAP recommends that every breastfeeding mom give her baby 400 IU of vitamin D per day... but how often do moms actually do that? I know that when I got that recommendation from my pediatrician for my first son, I casually ignored it. After all, human breast milk is the perfect food for my baby, right?
Actually, our breastmilk is only as good as our own health. If we, as moms, eat a healthy diet, full of all the nutrients our baby needs, and if we also get plenty of sunshine and keep our stress levels low and avoid toxins, then yes, our breastmilk would probably be the perfect food for our baby. But what we do not supply to our own bodies, we cannot supply to our babies.
There is a huge misconception that the amounts of vitamin D we need to sustain healthy, sufficient levels can be achieved through diet alone. This is false (unless you eat large amounts of fatty fish and blubber). The huge majority of us need to get our vitamin D either from the sun or from supplements.
This is VERY important for any breastfeeding mother! You can read additional information here: http://blog.vitamindcouncil.org/2012/06/25/the-breastfeeding-mother-breast-milk-as-a-biomarker/.
Please pass this along if you are not breastfeeding but work with new mothers or know any new moms who could be breastfeeding.